Increasingly, specialized software and equipment are allowing you to bring into your home therapeutic options that once would have required an office visit. Programs such as Fast ForWord focus on auditory processing as it applies to language; these may be both helpful and fun for children who have trouble distinguishing different sounds and interpreting them correctly.
Others use specialized helmets and other monitoring devices to deliver biofeedback training right to your home computer. These programs focus on improving attention and concentration, and they may improve motor planning and classroom behavior.
Versions of popular computer-based programs offered by other companies can help you take advantage of an office-based therapy when you can't make it to an office, or let you try out a particular approach before investing in it. Many parents considering Scientific Learning's therapist-monitored Fast ForWord try the less expensive, parent-monitored Earobics from Cognitive Concepts first.
As with auditory integration therapy, these programs require commitment to follow through with a routine, and they may involve a significant financial commitment as well. They are not right for every child and may need to be monitored by a professional.
If you've read about a program that sounds interesting for your child or heard another parent rave about it, ask your occupational therapist if she is familiar with it. She may have had some experience with the program, good or bad, and will have a better idea as to whether it is safe and reasonable for your child. Ask the provider whether it's possible to try a demo or limited version before making a full commitment.